Friday, February 8, 2008

Gokase Kamairicha

Tea: Gokase Kamairicha 7403
Vendor: Lupicia USA
Price: $7.00 / 50g
Source: Gokase, Miyazaki, Japan
Vendor Description: Despite the rarity of Kamairicha these days, this Kamairicha with its clean aroma was proudly created by Mr. Korogi at his own tea garden in Gokase, Miyazaki Pref. He was awarded a Ministry prize.

This tea had a very bright yellow green color. This is a bit difficult to see in the picture, but the liquor had an almost luminescent color to it.

The tea has a very heavy roasted flavor, reminiscent of a bancha, but not quite as strong. There is a mild bitterness to this tea, but the bitterness is not a sharp flavor, which again is reminiscent of a bancha. There is no bite peak to it, and the bitterness is primarily covered up by the astringency. There is a medium level of astringency at the end of the taste.

Rating: 5/10

Conclusion: This tea seems to be like a combination of a bancha and a sencha. I'm not terribly impressed by this, it seems rather middle of the road.

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